Bakri Eid, also known as Eid-al-Adha, will be celebrated today to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to obey Allah’s command by sacrificing his own son. It is thus known as the festival of sacrifice. Dawoodi Bohras, however, celebrated the festival on Monday itself.
The day before Bakri Eid is known as Arafah-ka-Din - it marks the end of Hajj - the annual holy pilgrimage taken by scores of devout Muslims around the world. Bakri Eid will be celebrated in Mecca on Tuesday, and going by that Monday was Arafah-ka-Din.
“It is an important day and thus I observed roza on Monday as well as yesterday. It is believed that by doing so, sins of two consecutive years, i.e. of the previous year and the current year will be washed off,” said Sana Ziyad Tungekar, a Vashi resident, adding, “The person who is giving the sacrifice also has to follow certain norms. From ten days before he/she should not clip nails or go for a haircut. Men are prohibited from shaving off their beard.”
Men, women, and children don new clothes on this day. The morning prayer, Takbir, or what is commonly known as eid-ka-nmaz is offered either in a mosque or an eidgah (an open-air mosque). After they return from the mosque, the sacrifice is performed. “According to a legend, when our Prophet Ibrahim came forward to sacrifice his son Ismael, Allah stopped him as his intention was to test Ibrahim’s obedience to god’s command. Thus, Allah gets a sacrificial lamb for the sacrifice,” said an imam or a Muslim priest.
Goat, lamb, bull are the common sacrificial animals. While only one person can sacrifice a goat, seven people can obtain the benefits of sacrificing a bull. The sacrificed animal is divided into three parts with one-third of it eaten by the family, one-third is given to friends and the remaining is given away to poor people. The day ends with exchange of gifts and greetings to near and dear ones.
Bakri Eid is incomplete without a grand feast the family cooks using their portion of the meat.
“Sheer Korma is a must-have sweet. Apart from that I will also be making biryani, mutton korma and kebabs. For lunch, we have invited my in-laws. For dinner, we will be hosting a party for our friends for which we prefer to order from the restaurant,” said Sultana Sheikh, a resident of Nerul.